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About Simon Monk
His books are on topics related to Open Hardware and Electronics.
You can find out more about him here: http://www.simonmonk.org
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A Fully-Updated, No-Nonsense Guide to Electronics
Advance your electronics knowledge and gain the skills necessary to develop and construct your own functioning gadgets. Written by a pair of experienced engineers and dedicated hobbyists, Practical Electronics for Inventors, Fourth Edition, lays out the essentials and provides step-by-step instructions, schematics, and illustrations. Discover how to select the right components, design and build circuits, use microcontrollers and ICs, work with the latest software tools, and test and tweak your creations. This easy-to-follow book features new instruction on programmable logic, semiconductors, operational amplifiers, voltage regulators, power supplies, digital electronics, and more.
Practical Electronics for Inventors, Fourth Edition, covers:
- Resistors, capacitors, inductors, and transformers
- Diodes, transistors, and integrated circuits
- Optoelectronics, solar cells, and phototransistors
- Sensors, GPS modules, and touch screens
- Op amps, regulators, and power supplies
- Digital electronics, LCD displays, and logic gates
- Microcontrollers and prototyping platforms
- Combinational and sequential programmable logic
- DC motors, RC servos, and stepper motors
- Microphones, audio amps, and speakers
- Modular electronics and prototypes
A fully updated guide to quickly and easily programming Arduino
Thoroughly revised for the new Arduino Uno R3, this bestselling guide explains how to write well-crafted sketches using Arduino’s modified C language. You will learn how to configure hardware and software, develop your own sketches, work with built-in and custom Arduino libraries, and explore the Internet of Things—all with no prior programming experience required!
Electronics guru Simon Monk gets you up to speed quickly, teaching all concepts and syntax through simple language and clear instruction designed for absolute beginners. Programming Arduino: Getting Started with Sketches, Second Edition, features dozens of easy-to-follow examples and high-quality illustrations. All of the sample sketches featured in the book can be used as-is or modified to suit your needs.
- An all-new chapter teaches programming Arduino for Internet of Things projects
- Screenshots, diagrams, and source code illustrate each technique
- All sample programs in the book are available for download
With millions of new users and several new models, the Raspberry Pi ecosystem continues to expand—along with many new questions about the Pi’s capabilities. The third edition of this popular cookbook provides more than 200 hands-on recipes that show you how to run this tiny low-cost computer with Linux; program it with Python; hook it up to sensors, motors, and Arduino boards; and even use it with the internet of things (IoT).
Prolific hacker and author Simon Monk also teaches basic principles to help you use new technologies with the Raspberry Pi. This cookbook is ideal for programmers and hobbyists familiar with the Pi through resources such as Getting Started with Raspberry Pi (O’Reilly). Code examples from the book are available on GitHub.
- Set up your Raspberry Pi and connect to a network
- Work with its Linux-based operating system
- Program your Raspberry Pi with Python
- Give your Pi "eyes" with computer vision
- Control hardware through the GPIO connector
- Use your Raspberry Pi to run different types of motors
- Work with switches, keypads, and other digital inputs
- Use sensors to measure temperature, light, and distance
- Connect to IoT devices in various ways and automate your home
Take your creations to the next level with FPGAs and Verilog
This fun guide shows how to get started with FPGA technology using the popular Mojo, Papilio One, and Elbert 2 boards. Written by electronics guru Simon Monk, Programming FPGAs: Getting Started with Verilog features clear explanations, easy-to-follow examples, and downloadable sample programs. You’ll get start-to-finish assembly and programming instructions for numerous projects, including an LED decoder, a timer, a tone generator—even a memory-mapped video display! The book serves both as a hobbyists’ guide and as an introduction for professional developers.
• Explore the basics of digital electronics and digital logic
• Examine the features of the Mojo, Papilio One, and Elbert 2 boards
• Set up your computer and dive in to Verilog programming
• Work with the ISE Design Suite and user constraints files
• Understand and apply modular Verilog programming methods
• Generate electrical pulses through your board’s GPIO ports
• Control servomotors and create your own sounds
• Attach a VGA TV or computer monitor and generate video
• All source code and finished bit files available for download
This hands-on guide will teach you all you need to know to bring your electronic inventions to life!
This fully updated guide shows, step-by-step, how to disassemble, tweak, and re-purpose everyday devices for use in your own electronics creations. Written in the clear, easy-to-follow style that Dr. Simon Monk is famous for, this expanded edition includes coverage of both Arduino AND Raspberry Pi.
Hacking Electronics: Learning Electronics with Arduino and Raspberry Pi, Second Edition, demonstrates each technique through fun DIY projects. Packed with full-color illustrations, photos, and diagrams, the book gets you up and running on your own projects right away. You will discover how to hack sensors, accelerometers, remote controllers, ultrasonic rangefinders, motors, stereo equipment, FM transmitters, and more.
• Contains start-to-finish hacks for both Arduino AND Raspberry Pi!
• Features new coverage of ready-made modules available online
• Offers tips on working with Simon’s hacking electronics kit
Take your Arduino programming skills to the next level using the hands-on information contained in this thoroughly revised, easy to follow TAB guide. Aimed at programmers and hobbyists who have mastered the fundamentals, Programming Arduino Next Steps: Going Further with Sketches, Second Edition reveals professional programming tips and tricks. This up-to-date edition covers the Internet of Things (IoT) and features new chapters on interfacing your Arduino with other microcontrollers. You will get dozens of illustrated examples and downloadable code examples that clearly demonstrate each powerful technique.
Discover how to:
•Configure your Arduino IDE and develop your own sketches•Boost performance and speed by writing time-efficient sketches •Optimize power consumption and memory usage •Interface with different types of serial busses, including I2C, 1-Wire, SPI, and TTL Serial •Use Arduino with USB and UART •Incorporate Ethernet, Bluetooth, and DSP•Program Arduino for the Internet •Manage your sketches using One Process•Accomplish more than one task at a time―without multi-threading •Create your own code library and share it with other hobbyists
An updated guide to programming your own Raspberry Pi projectsLearn to create inventive programs and fun games on your powerful Raspberry Pi—with no programming experience required. This practical TAB book has been revised to fully cover the new Raspberry Pi 2, including upgrades to the Raspbian operating system. Discover how to configure hardware and software, write Python scripts, create user-friendly GUIs, and control external electronics. DIY projects include a hangman game, RGB LED controller, digital clock, and RasPiRobot complete with an ultrasonic rangefinder.
- Set up your Raspberry Pi and explore its features
- Navigate files, folders, and menus
- Write Python programs using the IDLE editor
- Use strings, lists, functions, and dictionaries
- Work with modules, classes, and methods
- Create user-friendly games using Pygame
- Build intuitive user interfaces with Tkinter
- Attach external electronics through the GPIO port
- Add powerful Web features to your projects
Learn electricity and electronics fundamentals and applications—all without taking a formal course
This fully updated guide offers practical, easy-to-follow instruction on electricity and electronics. Written by a pair of experienced instructors, Teach Yourself Electricity and Electronics, Sixth Edition, features plain language explanations and step-by-step lessons that make it easy to understand the material quickly. Throughout, detailed illustrations, practical examples, and self-tests reinforce key concepts. Inside, you’ll find all-new coverage of switching power supplies, class-D amplifiers, lithium-polymer batteries, microcontrollers—even the Arduino electronics platform.
This up-to-date sixth edition covers:
· Direct Current (DC) Circuits
· Cells and Batteries
· Alternating Current (AC) Circuits
· Inductors and Capacitors
· Inductive and Capacitive Reactance
· Impedance and Admittance
· AC Power and Resonance
· Transformers and Impedance Matching
· Semiconductors, Diodes, and Transistors
· Integrated Circuits (ICs) and Electron Tubes
· Amplifiers and Oscillators
· Wireless Transmitters and Receivers
· Digital Circuits
· Microcontrollers, including the Arduino
· Transducers, Sensors, Location, and Navigation
· Acoustics and Audio
· Advanced Communication Systems
· Antennas for RF Communications
In this TAB book, bestselling electronics author Simon Monk shows maker-entrepreneurs how to use Fritzing’s open-source software and services to create electronics prototypes, design and manufacture printed circuit boards (PCBs), and bring professional-quality electronic products to market.
Fritzing for Inventors: Take Your Electronics Project from Prototype to Product explains how to use this set of free, open-source electronics prototyping tools to lay out breadboards, create schematics, and design professional-quality printed circuit boards (PCBs). No engineering skills needed! Whether you’re a hobbyist, artist, inventor, or student, you’ll be able to develop a product from schematic to prototype to professional-quality printed circuit board, all from one easy-to-use software package. Fritzing works well with prototyping boards such as Arduino, Raspberry Pi, and BeagleBone.
This DIY guide covers the whole lifecycle of product development for a hobbyist entrepreneur. It takes you from initial concept, to prototyping, to PCB production, to distribution. Along the way, it examines the sourcing of components, product testing, and even how to price products for wholesale and retail.
- Simon Monk is a bestselling TAB electronics author and popular presenter at MakerFaires
- Well-illustrated tutorial with screen captures, easy-to-follow instructions, and step-by-step projects
- Describes an up-to-date contemporary approach to PCB design, including surface-mount designs
- Explains how to become a maker entrepreneur by using crowdfunding and indie marketplaces for technical products
Design custom printed circuit boards with EAGLE
Learn how to make double-sided professional-quality PCBs from the ground up using EAGLE--the powerful, flexible design software. In this step-by-step guide, electronics guru Simon Monk leads you through the process of designing a schematic, transforming it into a PCB layout, and submitting standard Gerber files to a manufacturing service to create your finished board. Filled with detailed illustrations, photos, and screenshots, Make Your Own PCBs with EAGLE features downloadable example projects so you can get started right away.
- Install EAGLE Light Edition and discover the views and screens that make up an EAGLE project
- Create the schematic and board files for a simple LED project
- Find the right components and libraries for your projects
- Work with the Schematic Editor
- Lay out PCBs with through-hole components and with surface mount technology
- Build a sound level meter with a small amplifier and ten LEDs
- Generate Gerber design files to submit for fabrication
- Solder through-hole PCBs and SMD boards
- Design a plug-in Arduino shield
- Build a Raspberry Pi expansion board
- Automate repetitive tasks using scripts and User Language Programs
- Create your own libraries and parts and modify existing components
The BBC micro:bit is a tiny, cheap, yet surprisingly powerful computer that you can use to build cool things and experiment with code. The 30 simple projects and experiments in this book will show you how to use the micro:bit to build a secret science lab complete with robots, door alarms, lie detectors, and more--as you learn basic coding and electronics skills.
Here are just some of the projects you'll build:
• A "light guitar" you can play just by moving your fingers
• A working lie detector
• A self-watering plant care system
• A two-wheeled robot
• A talking robotic head with moving eyes
• A door alarm made with magnets
Learn to code like a Mad Scientist!
Learn how to quickly build cool electronic gadgets with .NET Gadgeteer. With the easy-to-follow instructions in this guide, you’ll tackle five fascinating projects, using Microsoft’s rapid prototyping Gadgeteer platform. There’s no soldering involved—you simply plug in modules that make gadget-building quick and easy.
Ideal for beginners, this book shows you how to work with modules and other hardware in the popular Fez Spider Starter Kit, and teaches you how to program your gadgets with Visual Studio C# Express and the .NET Micro Framework 4.1 SDK. You’ll soon learn a wide range of programming techniques along with the skills to design your own projects.
- Get to know the software and hardware with a simple LED project
- Download code from the companion site to build and test each project
- Build a spy camera that automatically captures and saves images at regular intervals
- Construct a simple animated game with the joystick module
- Create a web server that sends messages you draw or write on the touchscreen module
- Build a gadget that backs up digital images from an SD card to a USB flash drive
- Learn about other .NET Gadgeteer modules for creating environmental sensors, an MP3 player, and a WiFi network